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  • Ray Price

    published May 16, 2007

    They call Ray Price the Cherokee Cowboy, but Cosmopolitan Cowboy is more to the point. Whether styled as a Nudie-suited honky-tonker, a... More >>

  • Goldrush

    published May 9, 2007

    Keyboards blur and bubble, guitars loop like a Möbius strip, chorale arrangements and found sounds (muted trumpet, birdsong and static) stack... More >>

  • Meet the New Doors, Not the Same As the Old Doors

    published May 9, 2007

    Dave Wakeling has had a storied career. The English Beat and General Public vocalist/guitarist wrote and sang some of the biggest hits of the '80s... More >>

  • The Greencards

    published May 9, 2007

    Based on their sound alone, the Greencards deserve instant citizenship. This trio of English and Australian expats (Carol Young, Kym... More >>

  • Taylor Swift / Kellie Pickler / Brad Paisley

    published May 9, 2007

    The new country feminism isn't revolutionary, but it isn't predictable, either. Taylor Swift may look like an over-tanned MySpace kitten,... More >>

  • Elvis Perkins

    published May 2, 2007

    Debut albums from the sons of famous parents shouldn't be this good, this original. Fame and tragedy haunt Elvis Perkins' story: His father,... More >>

  • The Starlight Mints

    published May 2, 2007

    Oklahoma is a big place, and Wayne Coyne isn't the only rocker with red dirt under his nails. So don't be shocked if the Starlight Mints... More >>

  • Maria Muldaur

    published April 25, 2007

    If it weren't for the D.A. Pennebaker footage of Bob Dylan and the Hawks cutting down the "Judas!" tool in No Direction Home, Maria... More >>

  • Death Ships

    published April 25, 2007

    In 2092 a noted anthropologist will publish The Flannel and the Fader: Alt-Country Archetypes in America, the definitive study of... More >>

  • David Bazan

    published April 18, 2007

    With the implosion of the artful indie-rock band Pedro the Lion and the indeterminacy of electronic project Headphones, David Bazan chose... More >>

  • Introducing Jay Farrar

    published April 18, 2007

    If you belong to the category of pop idealists and rock & roll romantics who believe that the tightly knit, collective sum of the... More >>

  • David Vandervelde / Richard Swift

    published April 11, 2007

    In another era, David Vandervelde would have added the Michigan State marching band and a couple of Philharmonics to his solo album, The... More >>

  • The Whigs

    published April 4, 2007

    "Technology, it needs me," sings Parker Gispert of Atlanta trio the Whigs — although the converse isn't true. The band's debut,... More >>

  • Shemekia Copeland

    published April 4, 2007

    The bottom-line reason soul veterans such as Etta James and Bettye LaVette return to the blues is perhaps the bottom line: There's mad cash to be... More >>

  • Steve Forbert

    published March 28, 2007

    Steve Forbert wasn't the new Bob Dylan; he wasn't even the new Donovan. He was (and is) a songwriter and singer who gets something personal... More >>

  • Watermelon Slim

    published March 28, 2007

    It's hard to pin down Watermelon Slim, a.k.a. Bill Homans. Sometimes he comes off like the most maniacal backwoods-blues weirdo since Hasil... More >>

  • Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers

    published March 21, 2007

    Hard-touring Northampton, Massachusetts, rocker Stephen Kellogg suffers from a rare personality disorder called Yornsteen-ism. On good... More >>

  • B-Sides talks to Silos frontman Walter Salas-Humara about his strangest gig ever.

    published March 21, 2007

    Since his Silos copped Rolling Stone's "Best New Band" designation for a little gem of an album called Cuba a mere two decades ago, Walter... More >>

  • Buddy Mondlock

    published March 14, 2007

    Buddy Mondlock hails from the Chicago suburbs, but he has kicked around the edges of the Nashville singer-songwriter scene long enough that... More >>

  • Canada

    published March 7, 2007

    The Ann Arbor, Michigan, band Canada finds itself in the absurd position of being a seven-piece collective that imaginatively applies... More >>

  • Lucinda Williams

    published February 28, 2007

    The worst record of Lucinda Williams' career begins beautifully: Watery guitars, throbbing bass, distant trumpet, a melody as good as "Amazing... More >>

  • The Gourds

    published February 28, 2007

    Take chief songwriter Kevin Russell's voice (which is like Levon Helm with two fists of chaw in his jaw), bassist Jimmy Smith's moaning,... More >>

  • Waterson:Carthy

    published February 21, 2007

    It may take them decades of post-psychedelic rehab and decades more of just learning to sing and play in tune and in time, but one day the... More >>

  • The Linemen emerge as the best straight-shooting country band in town.

    published February 21, 2007

    On the opening track of the Linemen's first CD, the singer finds himself caught in a downward country spiral: There's no way out because he has... More >>

  • Asylum Street Spankers

    published February 14, 2007

    The members of Asylum Street Spankers lay down stone-cold, earth-bound grooves as expertly as they get the old-time weed party started. And... More >>

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